The Sydney Roosters have today announced that Jocelyn Kelleher, Shawden Burton and Shannon Rose have signed contract extensions.
Kelleher and Burton have signed two-year extensions through to the end of 2025 while Rose has signed through to the end of the 2024 NRLW season.
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23-year-old half Kelleher made her NRLW debut with the Club in 2020. A product of the Central Coast Roosters she has played 27 matches in the top grade and was a member of the Club’s 2021 maiden NRLW Premiership-winning side. The playmaker puts her game knowledge to good use as the strength and conditioner and assistant coach of the Club’s Lisa Fiaola Cup side alongside teammate Jayme Fressard who coaches the squad.
After progressing through the lower grades at the Central Coast, 24-year-old Burton made her NRLW debut with the Roosters in the delayed 2021 competition. The young rake’s 2023 campaign was cut short by a ruptured ACL in Round 6 but she is on track to be available for the start of the 2024 NRLW pre-season,
Rose, who made her NRLW debut with the Tricolours in 2022, was unavailable for the Club’s 2023 campaign after she sustained a hand injury which required surgery during the pre-season. With the ability to play at fullback or on the wing, the 26-year-old will be pressing for selection in 2024.
Roosters NRLW Head Coach John Strange was pleased to retain the trio.
“It’s great that we have retained Jocelyn, Shawden and Shannon. I’m excited to see the combination between Joss [Kelleher] and Tarryn Aiken continue to build while Shawdy [Burton] has worked so hard to become one of the best hookers in the game so it will be terrific to have her available for selection and back out there on the field,” said Strange.
“Last year was a frustrating one for Shannon with injury keeping her on the sideline but she still played a really important role in and around the team, encouraging all her teammates, so it will be great to see her back out on the field too,” he added.